This Word document showcases four philosophies and methods, through the use of primary sources and/or images, related to the evolution of capital punishment, as well as brief descriptions interspersed by the instructor. It is designed to be used in conjunction with a discussion on capital punishment, but may be re-purposed for a number of topics. It should take between 10-15 minutes to peruse at the 7th grade level, 5-10 at the 11th grade level.
This learning object uses the above image of the lynching of Rubin Stacy in Ft. Lauderdale Florida in 1935 (image credit: spartacus.schoolnet.uk.co). Students will observe this image and compare it to the modern technique of capital punishment, the lethal injection. The purpose is for them to gain an understanding of how the death penalty has changed, but also to find similarities to lynchings in the South. The goal is for them to discover the influence that lynching has on the modern death penalty and how it continues to be deeply rooted in the American psyche.